Second Building Phase at Cranberry Hill Estates Selling Briskly


~ Robust Sales Defy a Challenging Economy ~

SHELTON, CT – July 1, 2011 – (RealEstateRama) — A one-of-a-kind mix of classic style, smart energy-efficient features and luxurious amenities have helped propel steady sales at Shelton’s new Cranberry Hill Estates as phase two of construction at the Armstrong Road community continues, reports John Tarducci, Senior Vice President of the New Homes Division at William Raveis Real Estate, Mortgage & Insurance.

All but one of the Colonial farmhouse-styled homes in the first phase of construction have been sold, while deposits have been taken on four more homes in the second phase of construction. There are already five families in residence.

“Most homebuyers coming in to view the model home arrive here a little skeptical about the whole idea of a freestanding condominium, but by the time they leave, the overwhelming majority of visitors walk away extremely impressed,” said Cranberry Hill Estates Sales Director Vera Clark.

“It speaks volumes as to the quality of construction,” continued Clark. “It’s like what you’d find in lower Fairfield County, from the basement up. Nine-foot ceilings on the first floors, double crown moldings, upgraded insulation, tilt-in casement windows and trey ceilings are all standard. People say ‘Wow, we’re not used to seeing this kind of thing at this kind of price.’

New homebuyers Julie and Greg Bshara couldn’t agree more. The proud new owners of a four-bedroom Deerfield model, Julie explains that other properties in their price range just didn’t compare.

“We looked at a lot of older homes that seemed to need extensive updating when it came to the flooring and bathrooms,” she said. “It often seemed like we would need to redo the whole house. Then we came across Cranberry Hill Estates, and it felt perfect, almost unreal. It’s the perfect size for us. We want our daughter to have room to ride her bike and grow up in a neighborhood that’s off the main road, and we wanted to be in an up-and-coming town.” (Shelton was named one of the Best Affordable Suburbs in America in 2009 and 2010 by Bloomberg Businessweek.)

“The builders, Shaun and Tom Nettleton, really accommodated us in many ways. We felt very comfortable with them. We trusted them to give us what we really wanted, and everything we needed was taken care of when we moved in.”

Buyer Cemal Dikmen, who purchased a 3-bedroom Avon model, said his decision to buy came down to two things: quality construction and a functional floor plan.

“When I looked inside, it was obvious they used very good quality materials and that it was built well. The homes were also very functional. The house was designed so that each room was where I felt it should be. In fact, if I were to design a house, this is exactly the way I would have done it.”

Each one of the 40 traditionally-styled homes offers state-of-the-art kitchens, energy-efficient gas heating and fireplaces, two-zone central heating/central air and rich details like crown moldings, trey ceilings, custom paneling and oak flooring. Prices for the 2,000 to 2,900-square-foot homes in four different floor plans range from $449,900 to $499,900.

For more information about Cranberry Hill Estates, call the William Raveis sales center on Armstrong Road at (203) 307-2213 or visit

The New Homes division of William Raveis Real Estate, Mortgage and Insurance continues to build on a 30-year track record providing marketing, sales and consulting services to developers, builders, investors and financial institutions. It specializes in identifying profitable business opportunities through land and development research. The division has won awards in every available category from the Home Builders Association of Connecticut, including those for achievements in marketing, development and sales collateral.


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